Solid State Logic UF8
UF8 expandable 8-channel advanced DAW controller, custom workflows with 43 assignable keys per UF8; 5 banks of 8 user keys + 3 quick keys
The SSL UF8 is SSL's a studio controller, designed for today's DAW-based production workflows and ultrafast turn-around times. An expandable 8-channel advanced DAW controller, UF8 connects engineers, producers and artists directly to the creative process, offering absolute command of their workflow and significantly accelerating the speed of audio production and content creation
Not all controllers are equal:
UF8 is the culmination of SSL's 40+ year legacy of mastering production workflows and studio ergonomics built into generations of classic SSL consoles. This depth of understanding of studio production, combined with decades of engineering excellence, delivers a premium finish tactile USB controller that distills SSL workflow and quality.
UF8 offers intuitive features that are developed from a true understanding of production workflow. Take ultimate control with simultaneous access to multiple DAW sessions, and precise navigation with a multi-purpose Master Encoder for DAW timeline access, track banking and mouse wheel emulation. 'Dual-purpose Selection Keys permit rapid access to select functions as well as solo and mute clearing in Pro Tools and Logic Pro. New CHANNEL and PLUG-IN control modes provide enhanced workflows for those using UF8 with Pro Tools, with easy access to sends and plug-ins without slowing down your creativity.
Each UF8 comes equipped with 43 assignable user keys set across 5 configurable banks, allowing users to configure their essential keyboard shortcuts and macros for total session control. Add multiple controllers to create your unique mixing system; build your perfect 16-24 channel music creation hub, or connect 4 UF8's within a single system to create a 32-channel controller ideal for large post production or mixing sessions. Multiple UF8s can be chained together using the THRU port and provide a safe place for iLok storage. For perfect positioning, each UF8 includes an adjustable stand allowing for six different angles of elevation for user defined placement. 19" rack mount kits are also available for installation into an ORIGIN console center section or other 19" studio racking.
SSL's new 360° software application provides fast configuration and admin control of your UF8. With an expanded system, 'drag-n-drop' configuration gives quick and dynamic access to each individual controller set up. Customise workflows and define up to 3 different DAW layers for simultaneous session control, with all changes managed without getting in the way of your productivity.
High-quality 100 mm touch sensitive fadersHigh-resolution colour displaysAll metal enclosure, finished with a brushed, anodised top plate8 Endless Rotary EncodersCustom Workflows with 43 assignable keys per UF8; 5 banks of 8 User Keys + 3 Quick KeysIntelligent Multi-Purpose CHANNEL EncoderMouse Scroll Emulation; control of any plug-in parameter you hover the mouse over with absolute precisionIntegrates With All Major DAWs with workflow ready templatesPro Tools | Logic Pro | Cubase | Ableton Live | Studio OneHi-Speed USB connectivitySwitch Control between 3 Simultaneously connected DAWsBundled with SSL Native Vocalstrip 2 & Drumstrip plug-ins
April 11, 2021
Nice modern control surface
This is not a complete review as I've only had it a few days. So here are just a few initial impressions. Solid quality feel. Faders are smooth and relatively quiet. Pan knobs are a little loose/soft. they can use a little more resistence. Could also be a little smoother when you press down on them... Read more
You can use it with multiple DAWs but I use it in Logic. If you use it as a straight (MCU) control surface, You'll be up and running in no time but you will have to read the manual to dive deeper into it's multitude of features.
I really like the unit overall. But here are 3 negatives or things to be aware of:
1.Unit is very square and edges are sharp. There really isn't any space to rest your palms and if you do, its not comfortable or ergonomic. I'm sure they had to do this because the unit had to fit into their larger console as a permanent control solution. This could be solved buy selling a rounded frame for the sides with padded palm rest. PLEASE SOMEONE MAKE THIS.
2. No power button/switch. I know, lots of studio gear are like that...but I would have liked that.
3. When you do the setup (my was Logic Pro) SSL tells you to choose "Mackie Control" as controller. This sort of works but the unit because really wacky and weird... Once I changed it to "Mackie MCU PRO" the unit functioned as expected.
Hope this helps and thank you Louis for the good service.
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